ICE Headline News Feed by State - California https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by State en Copyright 2020 Mon, 01 Mar 2021 16:47:45 -0500 HSI probe leads to federal charges against 3 Los Angeles-area men for running counterfeit document ring that created and sold dozens of false passports, IDs https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-leads-federal-charges-against-3-los-angeles-area-men-running-counterfeit Carlos Ayala Hernandez, a.k.a. “Juan Juarez,” 44, of Granada Hills, the 19-count indictment’s lead defendant; and Nestor Perez, a.k.a. “Daniel Perez,” 32, of Van Nuys, each pleaded not guilty to one conspiracy count, nine counts of production of false identification documents, seven counts of transferring false identification documents and one count of possession of five or more false identification documents. Hernandez also pleaded not guilty to one count of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-leads-federal-charges-against-3-los-angeles-area-men-running-counterfeit Tue, 02/23/2021 - 16:34 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Orange County man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for brokering illegal sales of 'ghost guns,' other firearms https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-brokering-illegal-sales-ghost Pedro Javier Villalobos, 24, of Santa Ana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter. Villalobos pleaded guilty in October 2020 to one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-brokering-illegal-sales-ghost Mon, 02/08/2021 - 08:29 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE probe leads to 15 years in prison for ex-lawyer who executed multimillion-dollar fraud where clients were victimized by forged judges’ signatures https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-15-years-prison-ex-lawyer-who-executed-multimillion-dollar-fraud Shant Ohanian, 38, of Burbank, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt, who stated that he intends at a future date to order Ohanian to pay restitution in an amount exceeding $2.5 million. Ohanian pleaded guilty in June 2019 to one count of wire fraud and has been in federal custody since the following month, when his bond was revoked because of allegations that he was continuing to defraud his clients. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-15-years-prison-ex-lawyer-who-executed-multimillion-dollar-fraud Thu, 02/04/2021 - 10:06 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Los Angeles-area man to plead guilty to operating Bitcoin-cash exchange business and money laundering, following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-plead-guilty-operating-bitcoin-cash-exchange-business-and-money In a two-count information, Hugo Sergio Mejia, 49, of Ontario, was charged with money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. In a plea agreement also filed today, Mejia agreed to plead guilty to these federal felony offenses in in March. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-plead-guilty-operating-bitcoin-cash-exchange-business-and-money Fri, 01/29/2021 - 17:55 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Orange County man sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for sexually abusing minors following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-sentenced-more-24-years-prison-sexually-abusing-minors-following As the result of a probe by ICE's HSI Los Angeles, Daniel Seibert, 29, of Lake Forest, pleaded guilty in March 2020 to a three-count information charging him with production of child pornography, traveling to engage in illicit sex and using a facility of commerce to induce a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-sentenced-more-24-years-prison-sexually-abusing-minors-following Thu, 01/21/2021 - 14:05 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE arrests 2 registered sex offenders who preyed on children in neighboring communities https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-arrests-2-registered-sex-offenders-who-preyed-children-neighboring-communities ERO Los Angeles officers arrested Oscar Daniel Munoz-Valdez, 40, a citizen of Mexico, in Pomona, and Pedro Antonio Hernandez-Aparicio, 35, a citizen of El Salvador, in El Monte, and served them with notices to appear before an immigration judge for immigration violations. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-arrests-2-registered-sex-offenders-who-preyed-children-neighboring-communities Tue, 01/19/2021 - 10:11 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Orange County man chased by police while possessing 75 pounds of cocaine in his car pleads guilty to federal charge following ICE probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-chased-police-while-possessing-75-pounds-cocaine-his-car-pleads Anthony Martinez, 40, of La Habra, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-chased-police-while-possessing-75-pounds-cocaine-his-car-pleads Fri, 01/15/2021 - 17:05 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE apprehends ‘Most Wanted’ fugitive in Southern California https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-apprehends-most-wanted-fugitive-southern-california Emrah Gocekli, aka Vandoff Shawn Thomas, 33, is a citizen of Turkey who became the subject of a criminal arrest warrant, issued by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, following his 2018 violation for escaping from federal immigration custody. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-apprehends-most-wanted-fugitive-southern-california Thu, 01/14/2021 - 18:07 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California L.A.-area man sentenced to 10 years in prison for key role in massive pyramid investment scheme following ICE probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/la-area-man-sentenced-10-years-prison-key-role-massive-pyramid-investment-scheme Steve Chen, 63, a.k.a. “Li Chen” and “Boss,” of Bradbury, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John F. Walter, who found that Chen’s “litany of lies” promoted a scam of “epic proportions.” Chen pleaded guilty in June 2020 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of tax evasion. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/la-area-man-sentenced-10-years-prison-key-role-massive-pyramid-investment-scheme Wed, 01/13/2021 - 16:31 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Former longtime employee of Orange Unified School District sentenced to 6 years in prison for distributing child pornography following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-longtime-employee-orange-unified-school-district-sentenced-6-years-prison Mike Barry Brior, 43, of Riverside, who was an 18-year employee of the school district, where he worked for a time directly with children as a teacher’s assistant, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-longtime-employee-orange-unified-school-district-sentenced-6-years-prison Mon, 01/11/2021 - 16:31 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Dangerous California sanctuary policy leaves 3 victims in wake of fatal shooting https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dangerous-california-sanctuary-policy-leaves-3-victims-wake-fatal-shooting Herbert Nixon Flores, a 46-year-old criminal alien with an extensive criminal history, is the prime suspect in the murder of 35-year-old Karen Ruiz in the Pacoima area, Jan. 6. Flores shot and killed himself according to law enforcement officials days later. Flores, a repeat immigration offender, had been sought by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers for removal, but a detainer issued to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) last Fall was not honored due to California’s dangerous sanctuary policy. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dangerous-california-sanctuary-policy-leaves-3-victims-wake-fatal-shooting Mon, 01/11/2021 - 16:01 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE, CBP and LAPD seize counterfeit Viagra pills, footwear, belts, car emblems and headphones worth more than $32 million at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-cbp-and-lapd-seize-counterfeit-viagra-pills-footwear-belts-car-emblems-and The counterfeit items included more than one million erectile dysfunction pills, footwear, belts, purses and headphones in violation of registered and recorded trademarks. If genuine, the seized merchandise would have had an estimated MSRP of $32,161,194.00. Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport Seizures , Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport Seizures , Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport Seizures , Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport Seizures https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-cbp-and-lapd-seize-counterfeit-viagra-pills-footwear-belts-car-emblems-and Thu, 12/17/2020 - 16:15 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE detainer not honored, convicted child murderer released https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-detainer-not-honored-convicted-child-murderer-released On Jan. 9, 1998, Morales-Ramirez, now 44, was convicted of second-degree murder, assault on a child causing death, and great bodily injury to a child causing death by the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-detainer-not-honored-convicted-child-murderer-released Mon, 12/14/2020 - 15:55 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE probe leads to indictment of LA Fashion District wholesaler and 2 associates in schemes to avoid tariffs, launder drug money and avoid taxes https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-indictment-la-fashion-district-wholesaler-and-2-associates-schemes The schemes are outlined in a 49-page indictment, which was filed late Wednesday and is the latest case resulting from an operation in Sept. 2014 when law enforcement authorities executed dozens of search warrants as part of an investigation into money laundering and other crimes at Fashion District businesses. During one of those searches at a downtown condominium linked to the defendants in this case, authorities seized more than $38.3 million in cash. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-indictment-la-fashion-district-wholesaler-and-2-associates-schemes Thu, 12/10/2020 - 07:38 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California San Bernardino County man who recorded child pornography on his social media accounts sentenced to 25 years following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/san-bernardino-county-man-who-recorded-child-pornography-his-social-media-accounts Chaunta A. Bashir, a.k.a. “taytheonly,” 27, of Chino, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jesus G. Bernal. Bashir pleaded guilty on July 15 to one count of production of child pornography following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/san-bernardino-county-man-who-recorded-child-pornography-his-social-media-accounts Mon, 12/07/2020 - 16:15 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE, federal agents seize $3.5 million in cash and drugs at truck yard in Otay Mesa https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-federal-agents-seize-35-million-cash-and-drugs-truck-yard-otay-mesa Jesus Burgos Arias, Juan Alatorre Venegas, and Jose Yee Perez were arrested on Nov. 20, 2020, as a result of a broader long-term joint investigation led by Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, targeting associates of the Sinaloa Cartel. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-federal-agents-seize-35-million-cash-and-drugs-truck-yard-otay-mesa Thu, 12/03/2020 - 11:47 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE probe results in federal racketeering charges against members of Gardena street gang in alleged murder of man outside his home https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-results-federal-racketeering-charges-against-members-gardena-street-gang The federal complaint alleges that the murder of E.C. was committed to further the power of the Gardena 13 street gang, which is described in the affidavit as a criminal enterprise that has documented membership in California, Nevada, Texas, Hawaii and Rosarito, Mexico. The Gardena Police Department believes the gang distributes narcotics, primarily methamphetamine, both locally and in Hawaii. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-results-federal-racketeering-charges-against-members-gardena-street-gang Wed, 12/02/2020 - 17:15 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Criminal alien arrested for double homicide after local law enforcement fails to honor ICE immigration detainers https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/criminal-alien-arrested-double-homicide-after-local-law-enforcement-fails-honor-ice The alleged perpetrator, Fernando De Jesus Lopez-Garcia, is a repeat immigration offender with a significant criminal history spanning back nearly 15 years that includes convictions for battery of a spouse, assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, battery of an officer, and vandalism. On Nov. 22, the San Jose Police Department arrested De Jesus Lopez-Garcia for two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, battery on a spouse or cohabitant and violation of a protective order. Officers from ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) lodged an immigration detainer with the jail the following day. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/criminal-alien-arrested-double-homicide-after-local-law-enforcement-fails-honor-ice Tue, 11/24/2020 - 10:59 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE HSI probe results in 7-year prison sentence for Los Angeles-area man for his role in credit card ‘bust out’ scams used to buy liquor and cemetery plots https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-7-year-prison-sentence-los-angeles-area-man-his-role-credit Mikayel Hmayakyan, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu, who also ordered him to pay $4,906,534 in restitution. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-7-year-prison-sentence-los-angeles-area-man-his-role-credit Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:31 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE HSI probe results in Los Angeles-area man admitting to role in scheme in which he arranged fraudulent ‘green card’ marriages for Chinese nationals https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-los-angeles-area-man-admitting-role-scheme-which-he-arranged Chang Yu “Andy” He, 55, of Monterey Park, the owner of Fair Price Immigration Service, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-los-angeles-area-man-admitting-role-scheme-which-he-arranged Wed, 11/04/2020 - 12:06 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE probe results in indictment of trio alleging international conspiracy to defraud elderly by posing as federal agents threatening arrest https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-results-indictment-trio-alleging-international-conspiracy-defraud-elderly The federal grand jury indictment unsealed today charges a total of three Lake Elsinore residents with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud: Anuj Mahendrabhai Patel, 30, a.k.a. “Mike” and “Indio”; Elmer Miranda Barrios, 35, whose aliases include “Welbin Raul Mejia” and “Joe Rodriguez”; and William Margarito Barrios, 36, Elmer Barrios’s cousin, who faces an additional charge of being an illegal alien who re-entered the United States following deportation. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-results-indictment-trio-alleging-international-conspiracy-defraud-elderly Fri, 10/30/2020 - 09:30 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Former private security company employee in Orange County pleads guilty to impersonating an ICE special agent https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-private-security-company-employee-orange-county-pleads-guilty-impersonating Donovan Pham Nguyen, 34, of Orange, pleaded guilty this afternoon to one count of impersonation of a federal officer. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-private-security-company-employee-orange-county-pleads-guilty-impersonating Wed, 10/21/2020 - 13:31 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE HSI probe results in payday loan company owner pleading guilty to wire fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-payday-loan-company-owner-pleading-guilty-wire-fraud Arsen Khumaryan, 41, of Glendale, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt has scheduled a January 28 sentencing hearing, at which time Khumaryan will face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-payday-loan-company-owner-pleading-guilty-wire-fraud Thu, 10/15/2020 - 07:46 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE HSI probe results in Orange County man's 50 year-life sentence for sexually assaulting a toddler and posting pictures of assault https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-orange-county-mans-50-year-life-sentence-sexually-assaulting Arthur William Callender was convicted on April 1 of two felony counts of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-orange-county-mans-50-year-life-sentence-sexually-assaulting Fri, 10/09/2020 - 08:25 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Declined detainer update for Los Angeles County https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/declined-detainer-update-los-angeles-county Immigration detainers serve as a legally authorized request, upon which a law enforcement agency may rely, to continue to maintain custody of an alien for up to 48 hours so that ICE may assume custody for removal purposes. Pursuant to ICE policy, all ICE detainers are submitted with an accompanying administrative arrest warrant or warrant of removal depending upon the circumstances of the individual case. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/declined-detainer-update-los-angeles-county Thu, 09/24/2020 - 19:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California